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4-Week Itinerary in the Philippines: The Ultimate Guide to Paradise

How to Save Money on Your 4-Week Trip to the Philippines with MadPass! The 4-Week MadPass Philippines is your ultimate key to unlocking an unparalleled adventure through the Philippine archipelago. Designed with the intrepid traveller in mind, this pass offers an all-access journey across Cebu, Panglao, Dumaguete, and Siquijor for an unbeatable price of just $219 USD. With the MadPass, you gain unlimited stays, ensuring that you have a comfortable bed to crash in after a day full of exploration. But that’s not all — the pass also entitles you to epic discounts on selected tours, allowing you to experience more for less. Whether you’re diving into the marine-rich waters of Moalboal or exploring the mystical landscapes of Siquijor, the MadPass Philippines ensures that your 4-week itinerary is filled with endless possibilities, freedom, and adventure. The Ultimate 4-Week Itinerary in the Philippines Week 1: Cebu – The Gateway to Your Adventure Day 1-2: Cebu City Begin your 4-week adventure in Cebu City, where history and modernity blend seamlessly. Explore the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño and the historic Magellan’s Cross. Day 3-4: Moalboal Next, Moalboal offers an underwater spectacle with its sardine runs and sea turtle encounters, a must-see in your Philippines itinerary. Experience our Madventure Cebu Land & Sea Adventure where we take you to the best spots to swim alongside sea turtles and chase schools of sardines! Day 5-6: Oslob In Oslob, get up close with whale sharks, then unwind at the serene Tumalog Falls or bask on the sands of Sumilon Island. Come with us for the Ultimate Cebu Adventure — This is NOT for the faint hearted! If you’re visiting Cebu, don’t miss out on the opportunity to swim with the famous whale sharks of Oslob, then head downstream and take on canyoneering, before finishing off the day swimming with sardines and chasing turtles! Day 7: Kawasan Falls End your first week with a splash at Kawasan Falls, where canyoneering adventures await. Week 2: Panglao – Bohol’s Pristine Paradise Day 8-9: Alona Beach Transition to Panglao, known for its vibrant Alona Beach, perfect for divers and beach lovers alike. Day 10: Island Hopping Explore Balicasag and Virgin Islands, where pristine waters and rich marine life make for unforgettable snorkeling. Let us take you with our Boat Party And Panglao Island Hopping Tour — Snorkel through Balicasag Island’s famous sites, then savor a BBQ feast island-style boodle fight crafted by our Mad Monkey crew. Feel the sand between your toes and the excitement of beach volleyball or football at Virgin Island’s shores! A day you won’t forget! Day 11-12: Bohol Countryside Don’t miss Bohol’s iconic Chocolate Hills and the adorable tarsiers, key highlights of your month-long journey. Day 13-14: Leisure Days Spend these days at leisure, soaking in Panglao’s sun-kissed beaches and laid-back vibe. Week 3: Dumaguete – The Gentle City Day 15-16: Dumaguete City Arrive in Dumaguete, a city known for its gentle people and rich academic heritage. Enjoy strolls along Rizal Boulevard and savor local delicacies. We’ll take you to all the best spots on our Dumaguete City Tour. Day 17: Apo Island A day trip to Apo Island is essential, offering some of the best snorkeling and diving spots teeming with turtles and vibrant corals. Join our Madventure and immerse yourself in crystal-clear waters, meeting sea turtles in their pristine habitat. Sunbathe, snorkel, and relish the fun-filled Apo Island Tour. Day 18-19: Natural Wonders Explore the serene beauty of the Twin Lakes and the majestic Casaroro Falls, highlights of your Philippines adventure. Day 20: Siquijor Sneak Peek Take a quick ferry to Siquijor for…

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Budget Travel

8 Backpacker Budget-Friendly Beaches in Cebu

  1. Dalaguete Beach Park This beach is known to be one of the places locals would recommend to tourists. Dalaguete Beach Park can be found in South Cebu. Since it is owned and managed by the local government, its cool blue waters are open for the public to enjoy at a very minimal fee. The entrance fee to the beach only costs around $0.50 for adults and $0.25 for children. For a little over $5, bigger groups can rent a beach hut or cottage—plus free use of the karaoke machine! Picnic tables, on the other hand, can be rented for just $3. To sum it all up, the estimated day trip budget you need to set aside for Dalaguete Beach Park is $20, including transportation. Cebu is well-endowed with breathtaking beaches, which is why it does not come as a surprise to find a beautiful beach such as this very accessible from the city.     2.Basdaku White Beach and Panagsama Beach, Moalboal These two beaches sit right next to each other at Moalboal. With its name directly translating to “big sand,” Basdaku White Beach is known for its wide expanse of fine sand. Here, tourists swim in crystal clear waters, taking in all the peace and quiet they can get. The entrance fee costs less than US$1, and campers are free to pitch their tents without having to pay. Apart from swimming and camping, other recreational activities can be enjoyed. Kayaks, diving and snorkeling gear, and even kite-surfing equipment are available for rent in the area. When the sun comes down, head over to Panagsama Beach side where the nightlife is kicking. Mingle with fellow travelers and locals at a bar, or go food-tripping with your friends. Moalboal is definitely a place with loads of fun to cover your day—and you hardly even need to spend!      3. Lambug Beach, Badian Lambug Beach, a must-see for visiting tourists, can be found in the southern part of Cebu in a town called Badian. The beach is known to be a great spot away from the crowds. Part of its charm comes from its natural and untouched condition. If its clear waters and fine sand aren’t enough to draw you in, then maybe it being entrance fee free will. That’s right! You can lay on the sand or take a dip, free-of-charge. Best of all, getting there won’t cost you more than $10 from the airport. Cottage rentals are at $10 while camping fees range from $1-$3.     If you’ve had enough swimming, there’s much more to do near the beach. Other famed attractions can be found in the area. Wash off that seawater at Kawasan Falls, or go crab hunting for your next meal at the mangroves. If you’ve had enough of the water,  trek up Osmeña Peak for a complete view of Cebu’s south-western coastline. At the end of every adventure is a tourist waiting to be fed. So why not drag your appetite to Badian’s local market and restaurants to try some local delicacies. Badian has so much to offer, and Lambug Beach is just the beginning. See what else you can find in town through this link.     4. Hermit’s Cove, Aloguinsan Townsfolk claim that the cove used to be the territory of an old wandering hermit. Thick greenery enshrouds the area just before the beach, gracing it with such mysterious beauty. Hermit’s Cove can be found in the town of Aloguinsan—a place also known as the “Ecotourism Capital of Cebu”. The beach is a one kilometer-long stretch of white sand with sparkling…

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Sustainable Travel

Mad Monkey CSR Corporate Social Responsibility Report | Q2 2023

A joyful CSR Fiesta in Panglao, Philippines Mad Monkey Panglao joined the vibrant Bgy. Danao – Daorong Fiesta, a community celebration that fostered connections with the residents of Bgy. Danao. In line with our commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR), we made a meaningful contribution by offering a cash prize of 3K and additional prizes worth 2K which included an assortment of delightful treats including biscuits, chocolates, candies, chips, and drinks for the children. Our involvement added an extra touch of joy and excitement to this festive event. Backpacker Brunch in Hoi An, Vietnam Mad Monkey Hostels’ partnership with Children’s Hope in Action (CHIA) allowed us to play a significant role as a major sponsor in a remarkable project—the repainting of an entire school building in anticipation of schools reopening in Vietnam. The event itself was an immersive experience, starting with a delectable 2-hour free flow brunch buffet that satisfied attendees’ taste buds. The energy soared as the festivities continued with an exciting pool party featuring a talented live DJ. Adding to the excitement, guests had the opportunity to participate in a charity raffle with enticing prizes up for grabs. This initiative not only showcases our dedication to creating a positive impact in the lives of Vietnamese children but also strengthens our support for CHIA’s noble mission. Thanks to the collective efforts of our attendees and supporters, we successfully raised an impressive $1,217 for CHIA, further empowering their impactful initiatives. Together, we are making a meaningful difference in the lives of those who need it most. Doing our part for the community animals in Siargao, Philippines Mad Monkey Siargao remains steadfast in our dedication to animal welfare, and this commitment was exemplified through our active involvement in the Strategic Power for Animal Respondents (SPAR) Philippines initiative. SPAR provides vital services, including free vaccination, spaying, and neutering, for community cats and dogs. To rally support for this initiative, Mad Monkey strategically placed sign-up posters within our hostel, encouraging guests to contribute and participate in this worthy cause. Through a range of efforts, including a special F&B Promo and donating a percentage of our walk-in revenue for the month of May, we successfully raised Php 5,000. Our collaborative efforts with SPAR Philippines highlight the importance we place on animal welfare, as we continue to make a positive impact within the community. Together, we are championing the well-being of our furry friends and creating a better future for them. World Ocean Day, various locations across Southeast Asia In honor of World Ocean Day, Mad Monkey Hostels embarked on a remarkable journey to celebrate and raise awareness with a series of captivating CSR events under the theme “Planet Ocean: Tides are Changing.” Our primary goals revolved around highlighting the significance of ocean conservation, providing guests with engaging and educational experiences, and promoting sustainable tourism and eco-friendly practices. In a synchronized effort, each of our hostels passionately embraced this initiative, organizing a range of activities designed to make a positive impact. These included invigorating beach clean-ups, captivating ocean-themed nightly activities, and enticing food and beverage promotions. Through these events, we not only nurtured a sense of responsibility toward our oceans but also encouraged active guest participation in preserving and safeguarding our invaluable marine ecosystems. CSR Efforts at Mad Monkey Gili T Mad Monkey Gili T made an enthusiastic and impactful celebration of World Ocean Day, extending the festivities over two consecutive days, on June 7 and 8 (Wednesday and Thursday). The event commenced with a Beach Cleanup on Wednesday, where dedicated participants joined forces to clear the beach, promoting environmental consciousness and embodying our commitment…

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